Nasty Habit Leaves Germs On Self-Service Soda Dispensers

Headline Health – Fast food workers have made a frenzy of posts to social media about some of the appalling, and frankly nauseating behaviors of fast-food patrons.

Add these to the list of reasons many health-conscious people avoid these places. Also, we bring you a summary of anti-coronavirus measures in the fast-food and casual dining industries.

Subway workers’ public posts: 

  • “Backwash splashing onto soda nozzles/contact points and other junk like that. I think it’s silly, I had to move all of my cups and lids out of the service area and my staff is to hand things out upon request.” – Reddit user, Mar 14, 2020
  • “Not to mention the amount of people that forgo a straw and drink right out of the cup then putting where they’ve been drinking out of against the lever on the pop machine.” – Reddit user, Mar 14, 2020
  • “I’m guilty for at least most of that. I avoid straws when I can. Now I have something deeper to think about. I guess when you think about it, it’s not pretty in general, but rest assured if I suspect I catch the virus, I won’t be hanging out in restaurants.” – Reddit user, Mar 14, 2020
  • “Was going to do chips and saw a old man going to refill his cup I told him that we can give him new cup because of what’s going on and he decided nah and went ahead and filled up his cup anyway. Well F*ck me then.” – Reddit user, Mar 14, 2020
  • “We also have to disinfect everything hourly and are not using baskets anymore. We removed the cups and lids from customers reach for a day before things got wild and customers started to get really mad at us so our manager just gave up on that… they might also give up on the baskets since customers also get so angry when we tell them we cant give them one.” – Reddit user, Mar 14, 2020
  • “Same for our store. We have to disinfect every hour and wash our hands Everytime. We don’t have the lids and straws behind the counter though and we still give baskets to people who ask for it.” – Reddit user, Mar 14, 2020
  • “Our GM came today and put up signs on the Coke machine and by where we usually keep the cups at. But most customers never read the signs we put up so we’re gonna have to tell the customers when we’re ringing them up. – Reddit user, Mar 14, 2020
  • “Sooo unfair I’ve closed the past 6 days and we have been getting our asses handed to us.” – Reddit user, Mar 13, 2020

McDonald’s, Chick-fil-A, other chains try to tamp down coronavirus fears

Mar 12, 2020

Nation’s Restaurant News – On Thursday, leaders at restaurant chains began reaching out to customers via email about the coronavirus, providing information on how their companies are responding to the pandemic.

Every brand emphasized heightened cleaning and hygiene standards.

At McDonald’s, that includes “enhancing our McDelivery procedures to ensure order packaging remains safe” before it’s filled, according to a letter sent to customers from McDonald’s USA President Joe Erlinger.

At Chick-fil-A, according to a letter from President Tim Tassopoulos, cleaning and disinfecting procedures have been “heightened” and franchise restaurants have been given recommended procedures to follow if their restaurant or community is impacted by coronavirus.

“From food safety to health and hygiene to cleaning and sanitation, we have allocated an abundance of resources into building chainwide guidelines that go above and beyond FDA requirements,” Tassopoulos said in the letter.

As NRN previously reported, Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson clarified precautionary policies with customers, indicating that stores could begin limiting seating or going to drive-thru only.

Shake Shack CEO Randy Garutti sent an email outlining extra measures the company is taking. The chain is providing sanitizing wipes and hand sanitizer stations in its stores, and all condiments and utensils will be handed out by team members. The company also introduced new fully sealed bags for mobile, to-go and delivery orders. Read more.